UMass Amherst awarded $3m to support faculty of color in STEM (Boston Globe)

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The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Massachusetts Amherst a five-year, $3 million grant to develop resources and relationships to foster equity for women and men faculty of color in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant is believed to be the largest social science-led interdisciplinary grant ever awarded to UMass Amherst, according …


Clemson partners with SCSU on STEM education for at-risk youth (T&D)

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Clemson University, in partnership with South Carolina State University, has received a five-year, $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to at-risk youth in South Carolina. Faculty from both institutions worked together to recruit community partners in Allendale, Anderson and Jasper counties to implement the after-school STEM curriculum. Youth …


Embry-Riddle Expands High School STEM Program (AVweb)

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute will be expanding its concurrent enrollment program offering accelerated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for high school students to schools in Ohio and Louisiana this year. The program allows students to get both high school and college credit for successfully completed classes. Available courses include aeronautical science, unmanned aircraft systems, meteorology and …


Igniting students’ STEM interest begins with educating their teachers (Education Dive)

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When 3rd grade STEM teacher Amanda Roum went to camp this summer, instead of playing games and learning archery, she developed a science curriculum. And after five days​ at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, she took that curriculum, along with the materials she needed, back to her classroom at the Tartesso Elementary School in Buckeye, Arizona — just in time for school to start in August. “What …


NSF awards 6 Louis Stokes regional centers of excellence to broaden participation in STEM (NSF)

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced awards for six Louis Stokes regional centers of excellence (LSRCEs) that will support recruitment and retention of minority undergraduate and graduate students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The centers will conduct broadening participation research and STEM implementation activities that lead to degree completion for minority students traditionally underrepresented in the STEM marketplace. …


BP launches the Skills Refinery to support students’ employability (onrec)

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BP, a leading graduate recruiter, today launched the Skills Refinery, a new global online portal, which aims to improve students’ employability. This will culminate in a global challenge with the winning team of students receiving an exclusive, all expenses paid trip to the 2019 One Young World Summit in London. The Skills Refinery provides students with the opportunity to test and develop …


Central Union schools receive Monsanto grant for STEM in agriculture (The Sentinel)

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Before the students began their fun, back-to-school assembly Wednesday, a representative from Monsanto, an agriculture company, presented the Central Union Elementary School District STEM teacher, who teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and some student representatives with a check to fund their coming robotics project at Stratford Elementary School. Becca Mellema, the Monsanto representative, said that America’s Farmers Grow Rural …


Mobile Earth + Space Observatory boosts STEM exposure, connect to Pikes Peak Observatory (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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The group that plans to build an observatory on top of Pikes Peak already has its Mobile Earth + Space Observatory rolling to rural Colorado schools, whose students otherwise wouldn’t be using infrared cameras and solar telescopes while learning about water resources. But with more money, MESO also could link to and remotely control the $650,000 telescope planned for the …


NSF awards $5M STEM collaborator project to three urban universities, including IUPUI (Indiana University)

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A new urban STEM collaborator project funded by the National Science Foundation is aligning IUPUI and two other urban universities with a collective $5 million award, including $3 million for scholarships. The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is receiving $1.7 million for the Urban S-STEM Collaboratory project. Engineering and mathematics departments from the University of Memphis and the University …


NASA’s Vanessa Wyche strives to pave way for minorities and women at the space agency (Houston Chronicle)

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Young Vanessa Wyche sat hunched over a piece of paper, drawing the childish outline of a U.S. president in crayon for a class assignment. When it came time to shade in the two-dimensional man’s face, Wyche instinctively reached for the brown crayon. It was her skin tone, after all: why couldn’t it be a president’s? But her second-grade teacher was …


Penn, West Chester join program to develop more STEM teachers (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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The University of Pennsylvania and West Chester and Duquesne Universities have joined schools in five states in a fellowship program intended to train teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensure they work in high-need school districts, officials said Friday. Each participant in the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program will get $32,000 to pursue what organizers say is “a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree …


FIU launches diversity mentor professorships in STEM (FIU)

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The STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)  have traditionally been male-dominated. Additionally, there is generally a low representation of minority faculty in the fields. As a result, many of the roughly 600 minority female students on average over the last five years who graduated each year with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field may not ever have been …


A leading African American female engineer: STEM companies don’t do nearly enough to promote women and minorities (Washington Post)

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As seni­or vice president of qual­i­ty, reg­u­la­to­ry and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices at Abbott, Corlis Murray over­sees en­gi­neer­ing and a $400 million budg­et at a com­pany with 99,000 em­ploy­ees in more than 150 count­ries. And she is one of the only Af­ri­can American women who is a top en­gi­neer at a For­tune 500 com­pany (if not the only one). Murray is se­ri­ous …


UTSA secures major grant to enhance STEM education (San Antonio Business Journal)

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The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant geared toward improving student success and the diversity of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new funding — from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program — is meant to help UTSA enhance the quality of its undergraduate STEM education …



The Promise (and Pitfalls) of AI for Education (T.H.E. Journal)

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are no longer fantastical prospects seen only in science fiction. Products like Amazon Echo and Siri have brought AI into many homes, and experts say it’s only a matter of time before the technology has a profound impact in education, as well. Already, there are interactive tutors and adaptive learning programs that use AI …


National Grid Donates $20K to NECC Summer STEM Program (WHAV)

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Children participating in Northern Essex Community College’s Summer STEM program benefited from a $20,000 donation by National Grid to expand the Haverhill-based College for Kids effort. The donation was presented to Northern Essex President Lane Glenn by National Grid Customer Energy Integration Director Kevin Kelly earlier this month. The money is earmarked to hire a program coordinator and purchase supplies …


Furman QB a full-time Clemson engineering student (AP)

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Quarterback Harris Roberts spends his time in class at Clemson. He spends his practice time on the football field at Furman. He carries a Clemson ID and parks near the Tigers’ football stadium as he completes a joint program in engineering that began with three years at Furman. He is enrolled at Clemson, has a 3.6 GPA and is on …


Worcester Polytechnic Institute Launches Great Minds Scholars Program (WPI)

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) today announced the Great Minds Scholars Program, a new scholarship opportunity for high-achieving, Pell-eligible students from low- to moderate-income families who graduate from the Worcester Public Schools. The program will be open to high school seniors applying to attend WPI beginning in fall 2019. “WPI is excited to launch the Great Minds Scholars Program as part of …


Will big brands disrupt higher education? (TechCrunch)

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In the years to come, who will hospitality hiring managers trust to credential students: Cornell University or the Four Seasons? Will it be Google or Penn State that sets the standards that determine who qualifies as a good computer programmer? Could GE define competency in aeronautic engineering rather than Vaughn College? Should employers place more value in a fashion credential …